Famous Deaths in 2003

Deaths 1 - 200 of 523

  • Jan 1 Joe Foss, American fighter ace (Medal of Honor-1943) and politician (b. 1915)
  • Jan 1 F. William Free, American advertising executive (b. 1928)
  • Jan 1 Cyril Shaps, English actor (b. 1923)
  • Jan 2 Eric Jupp, British-Australian pianist, composer, arranger (b. 1922)
  • Jan 3 Sid Gillman, American football coach, dies at 91
  • Jan 4 Sabine Ulibarri, Mexican American writer (b. 1919)
  • Jan 4 Yfrah Neaman, Lebanese-born violinist (b. 1923)
  • Jan 4 Conrad Hall, American cinematographer (b. 1927)
  • Jan 5 Massimo Girotti, Italian film actor (b. 1918)
  • Jan 5 Roy Jenkins, British politician (b. 1920)
  • Jan 5 Doreen Carwithen, British composer, widow of William Alwyn (b. 1922)
  • Jan 5 Jean Kerr, American author (b. 1923)
  • Jan 8 Ron Goodwin, British composer and conductor (b. 1925)
  • Jan 9 Will McDonough, American sports journalist (b. 1935)
  • Jan 11 Richard Simmons, American actor (b. 1913)
  • Jan 11 Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (b. 1925)
  • Jan 11 Mickey Finn, English drummer (T. Rex) (b. 1947)
  • Jan 12 Dean Amadon, American ornithologist (b. 1912)
  • Jan 12 Kinji Fukasaku, Japanese director (b. 1930)
  • Jan 12 Leopoldo Galtieri, dictator of Argentina (b. 1926)

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Jan 12 Maurice Gibb, guitarist of the Bee Gees, dies of cardiac arrest at 53

Guitarist of the Bee Gees Maurice Gibb
Guitarist of the Bee Gees
Maurice Gibb
  • Jan 12 Allan Nunn May, English physicist and Soviet spy (b. 1911)
  • Jan 13 Norman Panama, American screenwriter and director (b. 1914)
  • Jan 14 Koloman Sokol, Slovak painter (b. 1902)
  • Jan 15 Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter (b. 1915)
  • Jan 16 Richard Wainwright, English politician (b. 1918)
  • Jan 16 Henryk Czyz, Polish composer and musician, dies at 79
  • Jan 17 Richard Crenna, American actor (b. 1926)
  • Jan 17 Balint Vazsonyi, Hingarian pianist (b. 1936)
  • Jan 18 Edward "The Sheik" Farhat, American professional wrestler (b. 1926)
  • Jan 19 Françoise Giroud, French writer and journalist (b. 1916)
  • Jan 20 Al Hirschfeld, American caricaturist (b. 1903)
  • Jan 20 Nedra Volz, American actress (b. 1908)
  • Jan 20 Bill Werbeniuk, Canadian snooker player (b. 1947)
  • Jan 21 Paul Haines, American-born Canadian poet (b. 1933)
  • Jan 22 Bill Mauldin, American World War II cartoonist (b. 1921)
  • Jan 23 Nell Carter, American singer and actress (b. 1948)
  • Jan 24 Gianni Agnelli, Italian auto executive (b. 1921)
  • Jan 25 Samuel Weems, Arkansas judge (b. 1936)
  • Jan 26 Valeriy Brumel, Soviet Olympic athlete (b. 1942)
  • Jan 26 Hugh Trevor-Roper, Baron Dacre of Glanton, English historian (b. 1917)
  • Jan 26 George Younger, 4th Viscount Younger of Leckie, British politician (b. 1931)
  • Jan 27 Henryk Jabłoński, President of Poland (b. 1909)
  • Jan 27 Louis Archambault, Quebec sculptor (b. 1915)
  • Jan 29 Frank Moss, American politician (b. 1911)
  • Jan 31 Michael Ogden, British barrister and judge (Ogden Tables), dies at 76
  • Feb 1 Michael P. Anderson - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1959)
  • Feb 1 David Brown - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1956)
  • Feb 1 Kalpana Chawla - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1961)
  • Feb 1 Laurel Clark - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1961)
  • Feb 1 Rick D. Husband - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1957)
  • Feb 1 Willie McCool - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1961)
  • Feb 1 Ilan Ramon - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1954)
  • Feb 1 Mongo Santamaria, Cuban percussionist and band leader (b. 1922)
  • Feb 2 Lou Harrison, American composer (b. 1917)
  • Feb 3 Lana Clarkson, American actress (b. 1962)
  • Feb 4 Charlie Biddle, Canadian jazz bassist (b. 1926)
  • Feb 4 Benyoucef Ben Khedda, Algerian politician (b. 1920)
  • Feb 4 André Noyelle, Belgian cyclist (b. 1931)
  • Feb 5 Helge Boes, American Central Intelligence Agency officer
  • Feb 7 Augusto Monterroso, Guatemalan author (b. 1921)
  • Feb 7 John Reading, Mayor of Oakland, California (b. 1917)
  • Feb 10 Edgar de Evia, American photographer (b. 1910)
  • Feb 10 Curt Hennig, American professional wrestler (b. 1959)
  • Feb 10 Clark MacGregor, United States Congressman from Minnesota (b. 1922)
  • Feb 10 Al Ruffo, Mayor of San Jose, California (b. 1908)
  • Feb 10 Ron Ziegler, press secretary to Richard Nixon (b. 1939)
  • Feb 10 Bengt Edlén, Swedish Astrophysicist who specialized in spectroscopy and discovered the source of unidentified emission lines in solar spectrum, dies at 86
  • Feb 12 Vali Myers, Australian painter (b. 1930)
  • Feb 13 Kid Gavilan, Cuban boxer (b. 1926)
  • Feb 13 Axel Jensen, Norwegian author (b. 1932)
  • Feb 13 Walt Rostow, U.S. government official (b. 1916)

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Feb 14 Dolly the Sheep, first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell dies young form a progressive lung disease aged 6

  • Feb 14 Johnny Longden, English jockey (b. 1907)
  • Feb 16 Eleanor "Sis" Daley, wife of Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley (b. 1907)
  • Feb 18 Isser Harel, Israeli Mossad leader (b. 1912)
  • Feb 19 Johnny PayCheck, American country singer/songwriter (b. 1938)
  • Feb 20 Maurice Blanchot, French author (b. 1907)
  • Feb 20 Orville Freeman, American politician (b. 1918)
  • Feb 20 Mushaf Ali Mir, Pakistani Chief of the Air Staff (b. 1947)
  • Feb 20 Harry Jacunski, American football player
  • Feb 20 Ty Longley, American guitarist (Great White) (b. 1971)
  • Feb 21 Eddie Thomson, Scottish football player and coach (b. 1947)
  • Feb 22 Daniel Taradash, American screenwriter (b. 1913)
  • Feb 23 Robert K. Merton, American sociologist (b. 1910)
  • Feb 23 Howie Epstein, American bass guitarist (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) (b. 1955)
  • Feb 24 John Edward Christopher Hill, English historian (b. 1912)
  • Feb 24 Bernard Loiseau, French chef (b. 1951)
  • Feb 25 Tom O'Higgins, Irish Chief Justice (b. 1916)
  • Feb 25 Alberto Sordi, Italian actor (b. 1920)
  • Feb 26 Christian Goethals, Belgian racing driver (b. 1928)
  • Feb 27 John Lanchbery, English composer (b. 1923)

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Feb 27 Fred Rogers, host of TV's "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" dies at age 74

TV Host Fred Rogers
TV Host
Fred Rogers
  • Feb 28 Chris Brasher, English athlete (b. 1928)
  • Feb 28 Fidel Sánchez Hernández, President of El Salvador (b. 1917)
  • Feb 28 Roger Michael Needham, British cryptographer (b. 1935)
  • Feb 28 Rudolf Kingslake, Lens designer, and Engineer (b. 1903)
  • Mar 2 Hank Ballard, American musician (b. 1927)
  • Mar 2 Malcolm Williamson, Australian composer (b. 1931)
  • Mar 3 Horst Buchholz, German actor (b. 1933)
  • Mar 3 Luis Marden, American photojournalist (b. 1913)
  • Mar 3 Goffredo Petrassi, Italian composer (b. 1904)
  • Mar 3 Peter Smithson, English architect (b. 1923)
  • Mar 4 Jaba Ioseliani, Georgian bank robber (b. 1926)
  • Mar 4 Sébastien Japrisot, French author, screenwriter and film director (b. 1931)
  • Mar 6 John Sanford, American author (b. 1904)
  • Mar 8 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (b. 1940)
  • Mar 8 Karen Morley, American actress (b. 1909)
  • Mar 9 Stan Brakhage, American filmmaker (b. 1933)
  • Mar 9 Bernard Dowiyogo, President of Nauru (b. 1946)
  • Mar 10 Barry Sheene, British motorcycle racer (b. 1950)
  • Mar 11 Brian Cleeve, Irish author (b. 1921)
  • Mar 11 Ivar Hansen, speaker of the Danish Folketing (b. 1938)
  • Mar 12 Zoran Đinđić, Prime Minister of Serbia (b. 1952)
  • Mar 12 Howard Fast, American author (b. 1914)
  • Mar 12 Andrei Kivilev, Kazakh cyclist (b. 1973)
  • Mar 12 Lynne Thigpen, American actress (b. 1948)
  • Mar 14 Jack Goldstein, Canadian-born artist (b. 1945)
  • Mar 14 Jean-Luc Lagardère, French publisher (b. 1928)
  • Mar 15 Dame Thora Hird, British actress (Last of the Summer Wine), dies at 91
  • Mar 15 Paul Stojanovich, Reality TV pioneer (b. 1956)
  • Mar 16 Rachel Corrie, American political activist (b. 1979)
  • Mar 16 Ronald Ferguson, father of Sarah, Duchess of York (b. 1931)
  • Mar 17 Su Buqing, Chinese mathematician and educator (b. 1902)
  • Mar 18 Karl Kling, German race car driver (b. 1910)
  • Mar 18 Adam Osborne, British computer pioneer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 19 Michael Mathias Prechtl, German illustrator (b. 1926)
  • Mar 19 Émile Genest, Canadian actor (b. 1921)
  • Mar 20 Sailor Art Thomas, American professional wrestler (b. 1924)
  • Mar 21 Umar Wirahadikusumah, Fourth Vice President of Indonesia (b. 1924)
  • Mar 22 Terry Lloyd, English reporter (b. 1952)
  • Mar 23 Fritz Spiegl, Austrian-born journalist (b. 1926)
  • Mar 24 Hans Hermann Groër, Austrian Catholic archbishop (b. 1919)
  • Mar 26 Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.S. Senator (b. 1927)
  • Mar 27 Daniel Ceccaldi, French actor (b. 1927)
  • Mar 27 Ricardo Munguia, Salvadoran aid worker
  • Mar 27 Paul Zindel, American writer (b. 1936)
  • Mar 28 Rusty Draper, American country and pop singer (b. 1923)
  • Mar 29 Carlo Urbani, Italian physician (SARS) (b. 1956)
  • Mar 30 Michael Jeter, American actor (The Fisher King), dies at 52
  • Mar 30 Valentin Pavlov, Prime Minister of the Soviet Union (b. 1937)
  • Mar 31 H.S.M. Coxeter, English-born geometer (b. 1907)
  • Mar 31 Tommy Seebach, Danish singer (b. 1949)
  • Mar 31 Anne Gwynne, American film actress (b. 1918)
  • Apr 1 Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong actor and singer (b. 1956)
  • Apr 2 Edwin Starr, American singer (b. 1942)
  • Apr 3 Michael Kelly, American journalist (b. 1957)
  • Apr 4 Anthony Caruso, American actor (b. 1916)
  • Apr 4 Resortes, Mexican comedian (b. 1916)
  • Apr 6 David Bloom, American reporter (b. 1963)
  • Apr 6 Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian drummer (b. 1927)
  • Apr 6 Gerald Emmett Cardinal Carter, Canadian religious figure (b. 1912)
  • Apr 7 Cecile de Brunhoff, French storyteller (b. 1903)
  • Apr 7 David Greene, British television director (b. 1921)

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Apr 10 Little Eva (stage name for Eva Boyd) American pop singer (Locomotion)

Pop Singer Little Eva
Pop Singer
Little Eva
  • Apr 11 Cecil Howard Green, British geophysicist and businessman (b. 1900)
  • Apr 12 Cecil H. Green, American manufacturer (b. 1900)
  • Apr 13 Possum Bourne, New Zealand rally car driver (b. 1956
  • Apr 15 Erin Fleming, Canadian actress (b. 1941)
  • Apr 15 Reg Bundy, British performer (b. 1941)
  • Apr 16 Graham Jarvis, Canadian actor, dies of multiple myeloma at 72
  • Apr 16 Graham Stuart Thomas, English author and garden designer (b. 1909)
  • Apr 17 Robert Atkins, American dietician (b. 1930)
  • Apr 17 Paul Getty, American-born philanthropist (b. 1932)
  • Apr 17 Earl King, American musician and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • Apr 17 Yiannis Latsis, Greek shipping tycoon (b. 1910)
  • Apr 18 Edgar F. Codd, English computer scientist (b. 1923)
  • Apr 20 Ruth Hale, American playwright and actress (b. 1908)
  • Apr 20 Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer (b. 1976)
  • Apr 20 Bernard Katz, German-born biophysicist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1911)
  • Apr 21 Nina Simone, American singer and pianist (b. 1933)
  • Apr 22 Martha Griffiths, U.S. Congresswoman (b. 1912)
  • Apr 22 Michael Larrabee, American athlete (b. 1933)
  • Apr 22 Felice Bryant, American songwriter (b. 1925)
  • Apr 23 James H. Critchfield, American Central Intelligence agent (b. 1917)
  • Apr 23 Fernand Fonssagrives, French photographer (b. 1910)
  • Apr 25 Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete (b. 1966)
  • Apr 26 Rosemary Brown, Canadian politician (b. 1930)
  • Apr 26 Max Nicholson, Irish environmentalist (b. 1904)
  • Apr 26 Peter Stone, American writer (b. 1930)
  • Apr 30 Peter 'Possum' Bourne, New Zealand race car driver (b. 1956)
  • Apr 30 Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (b. 1923)
  • Apr 30 Mark Berger, University of Kentucky professor (b. 1955)
  • May 1 Miss Elizabeth, American wrestler (b. 1960)
  • May 3 Suzy Parker, American model and actress, dies at 69
  • May 5 Walter Sisulu, South African activist (b. 1912)
  • May 6 Art Houtteman, baseball player (b. 1927)
  • May 9 Russell B. Long, U.S. Senator from Louisiana (b. 1918)
  • May 10 Milan Vukcevich, Yugoslavian chemist and chess problem composer (b. 1937)
  • May 11 Noel Redding, English bassist (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) (b. 1945)
  • May 12 Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, French UN High Commissioner for Refugees (b. 1933)

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May 14 Dave DeBusschere, American basketball player, dies of a heart attack at 62

NBA Forward and MLB Player Dave DeBusschere
NBA Forward and MLB Player
Dave DeBusschere
  • May 14 Wendy Hiller, British actress (b. 1912)
  • May 14 Robert Stack, American actor (b. 1919)

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May 15 June Carter Cash, American musician and singer dies aged 73

Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash
  • May 15 George Francis, British gangster (b. 1940)
  • May 16 Mark McCormack, American businessman (b. 1930)
  • May 17 Frank "Pop" Ivy, American and Canadian football coach (b. 1916)
  • May 18 Anna Santisteban, Puerto Rican beauty contest organizer (b. 1914)
  • May 18 Barb Tarbox, Canadian anti-smoking crusader (b. 1961)